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Minimum Eligibility Requirements for the Partnership Program

  1. completion of all skills courses (or approved equivalents) with a grade of C or better: ENG 101, 102, SPC 103/105, PHIL 106 and CMIS 108
  2. completion of CI 200 or its equivalent with a grade of C or better
  3. combined GPA (all post-secondary work) of 2.5 or higher
  4. Good academic standing at SIUE if applicable
  5. passage the ICTS Test of Academic Proficiency (formerly Basic Skills Test)
  6. completion of 42 semester hours or more of college-level course work
  7. completion of the self-reporting disposition survey on file with the School of Education
  8. limited number of non-partnership program classes remaining at the end of the summer term prior to admission to the program.

Requirements 1-5 above must be met before students may declare their major or enroll in curriculum and instruction courses or required professional education courses. The ICTS Test of Academic Proficiency is given only at scheduled times. Students should consult OCECA for test information. To remain in the early childhood education program, the student must maintain a 2.5 GPA and earn a grade of C or better in all field and professional education courses. A student also must receive a satisfactory recommendation from the cooperating teacher and University supervisor.

Please note that the State of Illinois is making significant changes in teacher education that may result in revised standards, programs, testing requirements and teaching certificates. It is very important that all prospective and current candidates work closely with their advisors to remain current about course and curriculum changes affecting progress through the programs.

Application Deadline

Applying to the program is a separate application process from applying to the University or declaring a major. Admittance to SIUE or declaring a major does not guarantee acceptance into the Early Childhood Partnership Program. Students should contact an early childhood education advisor for admission requirements and deadlines. The early childhood program begins in the fall semester; applications are accepted in the preceding spring semester.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all specific program requirements
  • Complete all general education requirements
  • Complete a minimum of 124 credit hours (at least 30 of which must be completed at SIUE and at least 60 of which must be completed at a regionally accredited 4-year institution)
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0
  • Bachelor of Science requires completion of eight lecture courses in life, physical or social science, including two with labs (EL). Check the Course Equivalency Guides (CEG) at siue.edu/transfer for approved courses.
  • File an application for graduation by the first day of the term in which you plan to graduate

Note: Meeting minimum requirements for admission to early childhood education does not guarantee acceptance. There may be more applicants than there are openings.

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